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  • Twins Minor League Report (4/9): 5-0

    Wins and losses are far from the most important thing in the minor leagues. Player development matters above all else. That said, winning is always fun. And, to be fair, part of a player’s development is learning how to win, and learning how to play team baseball. When a team is able to develop players while also finding ways to win, it is a perfect collision. On Wednesday, the Twins four affiliates played five games, and the result was five wins. Call it a good day. Of course, winning at the big league level does matter, and the Twins lost their second straight game to the Oakland A’s.

    Aaron Slegers

    In other news, the Minnesota Twins placed Oswaldo Arcia on the disabled list and added Darin Mastroianni to both the 40 and 25 man rosters. Be sure to look at the Twins Rosters & Payrolls page for current rosters, salary information and much more.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 7, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 6
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    For Scott Diamond, it was an improvement from Opening Day. However, it was still a rough one. The lefty gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk in just three innings. He was replaced by Yohan Pino who worked 2.1 scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, walked two and struck out two. Aaron Thompson was charged with two unearned runs in 2.1 innings. He gave up three hits, walked one and struck out three. Deolis Guerra came on and gave up a hit, but recorded two outs. Brooks Raley struck out the final two batters of the game to record the save.

    The Red Wings bats got plenty of offense. Only Brad Nelson, who will be traveling home in the morning to be with his pregnant, overdue wife, went hitless. Chris Parmelee went 3-5 with a double. Danny Santana, James Beresford, Wilkin Ramirez and Chris Rahl all had two hits including a double. Also with two hits was Eric Farris.


    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 5, Harrisburg 4
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    It’s been a tough go in the early season for Kennys Vargas. Coming into this game, he was batting just .100 (2-20). However, in this game, he went 2-3 with a walk (and is now hitting .174). In his first at bat, in the first inning, he launched his first home run of the year, a three-run shot. Nate Hanson continues his strong start. He was 3-4 in the game and is hitting .318. Aderlin Mejia was 3-3 in the game and is hitting .364. Of course, that’s the beauty of the early season statistics; he was hitting just .125 (1-8) coming into the game.

    Pat Dean improves to 2-0 and just missed a quality start. The lefty gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out five. BJ Hermsen and Jim Fuller each worked a scoreless inning. AJ Achter gets the save. He struck out two in a scoreless inning. That means he has pitched 6.2 innings and given up three hits, walked one and struck out 11 with the Rock Cats.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Game 1 - Ft. Myers 4, Charlotte 2
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    After getting rained out on Tuesday night, the Miracle and Stone Crabs played two on Wednesday. In Game 1, Mason Melotakis got the start. The lefty gave up one run on three hits in three innings. He walked two and struck out two. Alex Wimmers came on for his first appearance of the year. He threw three shutout innings. In the 7th inning, he got two outs but gave up three hits and a run. He left with two on and a two-run lead. Brian Gilbert came on and struck out the one batter he faced for the save.

    Dalton Hicks went 2-3 and drove in three of the Miracle’s runs. Niko Goodrum drove in the other run with a bases loaded walk. Jorge Polanco added a double.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Game 2 - Ft. Myers 10, Charlotte 6
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    The offense showed up in Game , 2 taking an 8-0 lead after just three innings, but the Stone Crabs made a game of it. Jorge Polanco led the offense. He went 2-3 with a walk, a double and a triple. Niko Goodrum continues his hot start. He went 2-4 with a triple. Adam Walker hit his second homer of the season, a long, opposite field blast.

    Jason Wheeler had given up just one run through the first four innings, but he was unable to get the final out of the fifth inning. In total, he gave up six runs (just one earned due to Polanco’s fourth error of the year) on five hits and a walk. He struck out three. Tim Shibuya came in and got the final out of the fifth and worked scoreless sixth and seventh innings as well for the win.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 5, Great Lakes 3
    Box Score

    Without question, the story in this game was about Aaron Slegers, and no, it’s not a tall tale. The 6-10 right-hander made his second start for Cedar Rapids and went six innings. He gave up just one run on four hits. He walked none and struck out four. Lefty Brandon Bixler, a 5-11 lefty, gave the Loons a completely different look. He went two shutout innings, allowing no hits, two walks and striking out two. Hudson Boyd came in for the ninth. He gave up two runs on two hits and a walk but kept the lead.

    Mitch Garver got the scoring going in the second inning with a two-run homer, his second of the season. In the fourth inning, he hit his second double of the year and scored on a single by Tanner Vavra. Vavra went 2-3 with a walk and is now 3-5 in his limited playing time. Logan Wade was 2-5 with a triple.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Aaron Slegers, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Kennys Vargas, New Britain Rock Cats

    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Lehigh Valley (6:05 CST) – Logan Darnell
    New Britain @ Portland (5:00 CST) – DJ Baxendale
    Charlotte @ Ft. Myers (6:05 CST) – Tyler Duffey
    Cedar Rapids @ Great Lakes (11:05 a.m. CST) – Ryan Eades
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      Anyone seen how Adam Walker has looked. He has 2 home runs in 6 games(?) - but how has he looked overall? Especially in regard to strike zone judgement. Would love to hear if anyone has seen any of the games.
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Announcers have stated that he looks good in the box. They stated that he is a lot more aggresive in the early part of count this year. Last year he took too many pitches and seemed to hit with 2 strikes all the time. He also seemed to hit with more 3-2 counts than anyone on the Kernels last year. Going that deep in a count only benefits the team in terms of making opposing pitchers go deep in their pitch count. It doesn't do much for a batter unless you're Joe Mauer. The Twin were critical of their players this spring for taking strikes and not being aggresive in the box. Especially guys with high K rates. Don't waste pitches.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Polanco might be my fav prospect right now. Man. This guy has come out hot.
      If he keeps this up, he will end the year at AA.
      A midseason 2015 MLB debut is not impossible for this kid as he on the 40 man roster already.
      Wow.
      Obviously its too early to go overboard...but holy cow what a player. Now he just needs to find a position...

      Anyone seen how Adam Walker has looked. He has 2 home runs in 6 games(?) - but how has he looked overall? Especially in regard to strike zone judgement. Would love to hear if anyone has seen any of the games.
      Walker still has the power, but still not getting on base. Its early, he has time but will need to adjust.
    1. pierre75275's Avatar
      pierre75275 -
      What are Diamond's prospects if he continues to struggle? How long of a leash does he have with two pitchers in AA who should be in AAA already in Archer and Dean? Is the bulpen an option for him?
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      Polanco just has to shore up his defense
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by pierre75275 View Post
      What are Diamond's prospects if he continues to struggle? How long of a leash does he have with two pitchers in AA who should be in AAA already in Archer and Dean? Is the bulpen an option for him?
      Change of scenery? They may try Diamond in the bullpen and hope he can become Duensing.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by TKGuy View Post
      Polanco just has to shore up his defense
      He's solid at second but they're giving him some time at short just to see. If he can do it adequately defensively, he could move quick.
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      Going from a 6'10" pitcher to a 5'11" pitcher had to be quite the change for the Great Lakes batters
    1. DJL44's Avatar
      DJL44 -
      Is someone getting a callup to replace Mastroianni or are they just going to make do with infielders?
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Walker still has the power, but still not getting on base. Its early, he has time but will need to adjust.
      I agree that Walker needs to improve his plate discipline in order to improve his OBP, but that being said: The object of the game is to score runs. He is second on the team in runs scored, so he must be getting on base at the right times. "Great is always better, But Good aint bad". He was second in the MWL last year in runs scored, even with his lowish OBP. That's pretty good. "I would love Great too, but won't shoot down Good".

      Despite slow start - Walker is on pace for 140 RBI and 46 HRs through 6 games. Hopefully he finds a way to adjust. Just Joking - Truly. He does need to improve his OBP and I'm excited to see what becomes of him when he does figure it out. Great start Miracle.
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Polanco might be my fav prospect right now. Man. This guy has come out hot.
      If he keeps this up, he will end the year at AA.
      A midseason 2015 MLB debut is not impossible for this kid as he on the 40 man roster already.
      Wow.
      Obviously its too early to go overboard...but holy cow what a player. Now he just needs to find a position...



      Walker still has the power, but still not getting on base. Its early, he has time but will need to adjust.
      Polanco still has some rust to clean up. Took a very bad at bat last night with the bases loaded and one out. Tried to pull and hit into a double play 3rd to home to 1st. I was standing with a roving coach at the time and he was upset.

      Walker swings and misses alot, but at least he's taking his cuts.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halsey Hall View Post
      Polanco still has some rust to clean up. Took a very bad at bat last night with the bases loaded and one out. Tried to pull and hit into a double play 3rd to home to 1st. I was standing with a roving coach at the time and he was upset.

      Walker swings and misses alot, but at least he's taking his cuts.

      A player tries to hit a HR with the bases loaded and the coach gets upset?
      I say fire that coach!

      I speak in jest, but you I get what i am talking about
    1. Beezer's Avatar
      Beezer -
      Word was that the Twins wanted Parmelee to be more aggressive early in the count in his at bats. Anybody know if that is happening yet in this small sample?
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      A player tries to hit a HR with the bases loaded and the coach gets upset?
      I say fire that coach!

      I speak in jest, but you I get what i am talking about
      Tie game and a pitch to take the other way. Shouldn't even be thinking of a home run, just get a run in.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halsey Hall View Post
      Tie game and a pitch to take the other way. Shouldn't even be thinking of a home run, just get a run in.
      Its a joke, but could've been thinking Sac Fly
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lightfoot789 View Post
      I agree that Walker needs to improve his plate discipline in order to improve his OBP, but that being said: The object of the game is to score runs. He is second on the team in runs scored, so he must be getting on base at the right times. "Great is always better, But Good aint bad". He was second in the MWL last year in runs scored, even with his lowish OBP. That's pretty good. "I would love Great too, but won't shoot down Good".

      Despite slow start - Walker is on pace for 140 RBI and 46 HRs through 6 games. Hopefully he finds a way to adjust. Just Joking - Truly. He does need to improve his OBP and I'm excited to see what becomes of him when he does figure it out. Great start Miracle.
      He [Walker] just hit his 4th HR in 9 games tonight...
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsfan34 View Post
      He [Walker] just hit his 4th HR in 9 games tonight...
      Nothing wrong with numbers similar to Chris Davis at the same age. Good start in a pitcher's league and he's got an ISO now well over .300....and his other batting-related numbers will improve as his BABIP normalizes. I don't think anyone should count this kid out strictly based on his K%, he's now got a manager who knew how to take good ABs in his day.
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